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YehRim Lee, Candy Angle Green Small, 2021, stoneware, glaze, luster. Courtesy the artist. © YehRim Lee 2022
YehRim Lee, Candy Angle Green Small, 2021, stoneware, glaze, luster. Courtesy the artist. © YehRim Lee 2022
YehRim Lee, Candy Angle Green Small, 2021, stoneware, glaze, luster. Courtesy the artist. © YehRim Lee 2022
Discover Delight in the Decadence

In this exhibition, YehRim Lee positions colorful clay and metal sculptures on a complex structure of her own design to create a joyful, immersive environment. Inspired by the fashion trend of the same name, Dopamine Dressing leans into the idea that bright colors and surprising textures can create happiness by activating chemicals in the brain. Clothing designers used this concept to battle the doldrums of the pandemic and here, artist YehRim Lee asks visitors to see how vibrancy, materiality, and expressive movement in art can have the same effect. 

She repeatedly refires her clay sculptures, introducing a new glaze each time until the surfaces begin to warp and crack, approaching collapse, suggesting that the dopamine bursts that come from sensual pleasure or excessive consumption perhaps provide only temporary relief from the cares of the world.

Lead support for this exhibition is provided by the William C. Weese, M.D. Endowment for Ceramic Arts, the U–M Office of the Provost, and the Nam Center for Korean Studies. Additional generous support is provided by the U-M Department of History of Art and the U-M Department of Asian Languages and Cultures.
 
YehRim Lee, Candy Angle Green Small, 2021, stoneware, glaze, luster. Courtesy the artist. © YehRim Lee 2022
YehRim Lee, Candy Angle Green Small, 2021, stoneware, glaze, luster. Courtesy the artist. © YehRim Lee 2022
YehRim Lee, Candy Angle Green Small, 2021, stoneware, glaze, luster. Courtesy the artist. © YehRim Lee 2022

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